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Requiem for a Dream: A Novel Paperback – October 12, 1999
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"Selby's place is in the front rank of American novelists." -- New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Hubert Selby, Jr., was a celebrated author of nine novels, including the classic bestseller Last Exit to Brooklyn. His other novels include Requiem for a Dream, The Room, and The Demon. Selby's fiction, which was championed by writers such as William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, was noted for its gritty portrayal of addiction and urban despair and has influenced generations of authors, artists, and musicians. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Selby died in Los Angeles in 2004.
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Drug addiction is something I have a hard time understanding and wrapping my head around. This book taps into the minds of lonely, broken souls that find solace in drugs and imagination. I would have loved for this book to be in an audiobook version because of the writing style. Never the less it is a great read that reveals the reality of drug addiction. It’s definitely a twisted book from the start to the end and does not finish with a happy ending for the main characters.
“I think that’s one of the problems with the world today nobody knows who they are. Everyone is running around looking for an identity, or trying to borrow one, only they don’t know it.”
Some time ago I had seen the movie, remembering the general plot as I read this book. Everyone knows books are generally better than their motion picture counterparts, and while I love the movie, there was a lot lost in it. The exact feelings of the lives we follow was somewhat toned down in the movie. Reading this book, I felt everything. I understood everything. The character I felt the least for in the movie was Sara, and the character I felt the most for in the book was Sara. I had a much deeper understanding of what she went through and how she felt once she got to the hospital in the book.
This book has, for me at least, the most powerful ant-drug message I can imagine. Will resonate for anyone who has struggled with addiction or has even thought about trying heroin. It is very stark and dreary. A cold, black and white portrait of the insidious hell of drug addiction. It took a few chapters to get used to the odd punctuation and absence of quotation marks, but once I got into it, it read very smoothly.